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      1. I was surprised what a profound effect it had on me, I just thought I’d watch it as a comedy, but it was much more. 🙂
        Hader is so delightful, just saw him in Trainwreck and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (oh no, now I just heard “No Sleep Till Brooklyn!” again… 😉

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  1. Welcome back Donna! Bravo.
    You know… I’m usually a morning person, out of bed at 4:15, no problem. But today I slept until 5, dragged myself out of bed, had a BIG cup of coffee and I’m still foggy and sluggish. However, I take it as a blessing because that less than 100% wakeful state makes it easier to absorb some things on a deeper level — as it did with this marvelous post. As you often do, you’re working on several levels at once. Well done.
    Oh, and I hate labels too. Mega hugs my friend.

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    1. You really are a morning person, Teagan, hope this day treats you well, after the coffee has done it’s work. 🙂
      I think it’s true about the less than wakeful state, it’s like seeing layers instead of the whole. Maybe that’s why I work on so many levels. lol 😉
      Thank you, dear friend for the kind words, it’s good to be back. 🙂
      Megahugs and I hope this weekend is magical. 🙂

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  2. Yay, you are back!!! Good to see you in your wonderful fresh “old” shape… lol – no gym pun intended!!!
    Btw. I love your #4! Is that your quote? And if yes, may I quote you?

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    1. lol Thanks, glad to be back and thanks for popping over. 🙂
      I think it’s similar to some, but hopefully in my own words (although I’m never sure what’s running about in my brain)…I always liked the idea though, like that conversation from ‘Chariots of Fire’ where he (Harold/Ben Cross) says if he can’t win he won’t run and she (Sybil/Alice Krige) says, but if you don’t run you can’t win. 🙂
      Hope this weekend treats you well, Erika. 🙂

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      1. Those are your words for sure! I don’t know when, but it will show up as one of my quotes with you as source! Thank you for your always so wonderful inspiration!

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  3. Welcome back, Dear Donna! No, I don’t think blogging is a vanity exercise. I honestly think it’s a way to connect with people. (And to write; I love to write) And yes, people who say ‘I’m not going to say I told you so’ are indeed saying ‘I told you so’. (love that insight!) xoxoxo

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    1. Thank you so much, it’s good to be back. 🙂
      I also think it’s a way to connect, but I have been pondering… 😉
      They really are, I wonder if they don’t know we know they’re really saying “I told you so”?
      Hope this weekend treats you well. 🙂

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  4. Extraordinary amout of sense in so few lines. It has to be drugs but which? Toasted tea cakes a la grec? Carpooling and carrot tagine? I think you’ve liquidised my judgement glands – that must make you a judgenaut I suppose. So glad you are back to enhance my kitchen table with splutter of coffee stains. Cheeripip for the new year my favourite Canadiste

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  5. Yay! You are back! Okay, here’s what you do. First, you need to complete articles of incorporation as a business entity. Then file a few doing business as forms. Once done you can rent a couple dozen PO boxes under your ‘business names.’ Next apply for some credit cards under your business name. Finally use those bills with varying names and addresses to apply for multiple library cards. Finally max out all the library wait lists. Soon you will have a total monopoly on your reading list and can read happy.

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    1. lol That sounds like a cunning plan, er, then again, those can sometimes go terribly wrong, but it’s so convoluted it just might work out somehow, like a Scooby plan. 😉
      Hope this weekend treats you kindly, Allie. 🙂

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  6. Awesome, awesome post.

    This -> “Fighting zombies, taking tea, traveling through time and space, those are hooks to get us to watch and keep watching, it’s really about the interaction between the characters, the choices, the sacrifices, those moments when we see ourselves and feel or learn something.”

    This is now officially My Favorite Blog.

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  7. Um, not to be all correct-y but I think you mean…

    “No (NO!)….sleep (SLEEP!)…’til Brooklyn (BROOKLYN)”

    You’re welcome.

    I am back, I guess, but still feel like I am not if that makes any sense at all…

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  8. Happy New Year! Great to ‘read’ from you. I was just on a bit of a blogging break as well. Big projects and deadlines really do that. Finding my way back to my posting rhythm. Have a great weekend!

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  9. Welcome back, my entertaining friend! You make me happy. Fuck the gym. I’ve been there and given up so many times–but I DID learn to NOT wear underwear and go comando whilst exercising. It’s more comfy and the stench will keep others away. And that Kristen Wiig movie about the lottery was greatness. If I won the lottery, I would give all my winnings to charity–ME. I am my own charity. It’s also nice to see that you are sweet on Bobby Darin. His “Best of” CD is epic. Epic! Thank you for your happiness!

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    1. Thanks so much, glad to be back. 🙂
      Interesting advice, I’ll keep that in mind. 😉
      Yes, ‘Welcome To Me’ was one of those little films that wasn’t hyped, but better than most of the hyped films.
      Bobby and I were quite a thing, it might explain why I like zombie stuff. 😉
      Hope this weekend treats you well…can’t wait to read about it. 🙂

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  10. I’m glad you are back and sharing life lessons with us again! I’m super glad that you took time to recharge your batteries, too, I think we all tend to forget how vital that can be.
    And the best part, I have decided to increase my reading this year – and let books recharge my mind 🙂

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    1. Thank you Kate, it’s good to be back, not fully recharged, but I’ll keep going and going anyway. 😉
      Reading can take you anywhere anytime. 🙂
      Hope this new year is treating you and Mr T gloriously, so far. 🙂

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  11. SO MANY things I agree with here in your post, but I think the biggest one is the library. It’s funny how zillions of people are suddenly interested in the same book, and not necessarily a book that’s a recent bestseller.

    Happy 2016 to you, and hope this year is filled with many good things. 🙂

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      1. what…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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      2. Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of…hey, did you hear, someone took Shakespeare’s head, that sounds like a cool plot for a movie. 😉

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  12. Hi Donna

    Welcome back. Hope you will have fantastic 2016 ahead! Glad that you also bring back your humorous style in the post.

    While I was reading this post, I couldn’t hold myself from laughing so hard in front of the computer screen. You really made my day. .

    I also recognized there were some serious stuff embedding in your message: quote like “If you don’t try, you can’t fail,but you can’t succeed. The closed statement was so inspiring for people to treasure each day.

    Excellence post.!

    – Stella Chiu

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    1. Hi Stella, thank you kindly, it’s good to be back. 🙂
      I’m so pleased to hear I could make you laugh and that it made your day. 🙂
      Each day is a gift, we need to remember that.
      Hope this new year is being good to you so far. 🙂

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  13. Congrats on taking a break. I think it’s important to honor what we need, and everyone always understands – I say that without exception. We share much of the same television entertainment, Donna, and I too am in withdrawal. What’s the story with everyone breaking at the same time! Yeesh. Have a wonderful new year 🙂

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    1. Thank you, yes, we have to know ourselves and know what is best for us. 🙂
      They really need to organize the TV schedule better, don’t they? 😉 At least The Blacklist is back. 🙂
      Hope this weekend is treating you kindly.

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  14. My love tried to get a book about the philosophy of roller coasters published, but the publishers weren’t interested. Which is a shame since there’s a lot of interesting questions you can build around a trip to an amusement park.

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  15. Hello Darling Donna, welcome back. I hope you got loads done on your book and came back rested.Now get your finger out, you can’t skive for another 12 months now unless you get a chitty signed in triplicate by Teagan and myself…..In Person !
    I missed you terribly. I wanted to miss you well but I didn’t know how.
    xxx Huge Hugs and Massive Love xxx

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    1. Thank you Darling David, it’s lovely to be back. 🙂
      My book and I aren’t on speaking terms right now as it’s going in a direction I can’t follow. 😉
      I do feel a tad more rested and I will keep that in mind – wow, in person, now wouldn’t that be a party. 🙂
      lol Missing me terribly is better anyway, but I know you could do it well as well. 😉
      Massive monster yahoo you’re a Grandpa again hope you’re feeling better so glad to be back hugs!!! 🙂

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  16. My new favourite expression today is going to be ‘getting all thinky” 🙂
    Unfortunately I suspect I’m going to be all thinky about whether blogging is a vanity project … and if it is, is that necessarily a bad thing?
    What have you done to me?!!

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  17. I needed to read #4. And the Beastie Boys…thank you. I have that song stuck in my head now. Never heard of Welcome to Me but interesting connection to blogging. Will look that up. Happy New Year! 🎉

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I’d say sorry about the earworm, but hey, it’s a cool song. 😉
      I thought it would just be a comedy, but it was so much more.
      Hope this new year is being good to you so far, Sarah. 🙂

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  18. So good to read you again, Donna. I’ve been away too so had no idea you were taking a break. Hope you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and continue to awe us all with your witty and entertaining posts. Before I forget, happy New Year to you. Hope this year proves kinder and more robust. Wish you all the best, always. ❤ ❤ 😀

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  19. Welcome back Donna! I missed your blog. 🙂 Good on you for daring to take a break. I’m on a 2 month escape for the winter, and I’m finding it hard to keep up, as I keep dreading the catch up if I don’t. So many are taking time outs and manage somehow, I really need to take the plunge. 🙂

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      1. I hear you Donna. I hope you got to relax and accomplish what you needed. I will try and take little breaks myself here while spending part of the winter in Arizona. 🙂

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  20. Oh. Wow. I. Don’t. Believe. This. You have 114 comments. Well, count me in and that’s 115! I’m the one moaning on Blog, Share, Learn about my lack of comments. I need some lessons!
    I love all your illustrations and I adore you cat with the nail file. That is so cute. Thanks for showing me it can be done! Amazing.

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    1. Thank you kindly for dropping, Shirley, yes, the comments sure do keep me hopping, but happy as well. 🙂
      Isn’t Elena delightful, love her #BlogShareLearn linky parties. 🙂
      Hope this week treats you well. 🙂

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  21. Happy New Year, Donna. You’re a funny lady. And, if for that and no other reason, your blogging is far from wasted. It’s a gift. I too like to feel ‘thinky’ without the exams. 😉
    P.S. Gyms are overrated. yoga is brill because you get to lie flat on your back at the end.

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    1. Awww, thanks, you made my day. You’re too kind, but thank you so much.
      Yes, feeling thinky is fun, especially without all that examie stuff. 😉
      lol I like yoga too, but sometimes I don’t know if I’m going to get back up! 😉
      Hope this week treats you well. 🙂

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      1. Not too kind, Donna. People need humour and you do it so well. The best of comedians, I’m sure, get a buzz from making others smile and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. In fact, I think it’s only right and natural that we should take pleasure in being able to give pleasure. (sounds a bit risque, that! But you know what I mean.)
        A lot of what’s wrong with the world is others not giving or sharing their experiences and their gifts.
        #9 is what you do. All of my favourite comedians have me laughing and thinking.
        You laugh through things and make others laugh with you. That’s truly a gift. Even your comments are funny. 🙂
        Have a great week too and Ohmmmm in any position. 😉

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      2. Wise words, people would likely enjoy life more of they’d quit worrying so much about making themselves happy and make others happy which would then likely make them happy or as you said, “we should take pleasure in being able to give pleasure” (oh my!). 😉
        Hope this week treats you well. All the best. 🙂

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    1. Which one? I like Capaldi, I was still reeling from the loss of David Tennant, then Matt Smith, it’s like just when I’m liking one, poof, they’re gone. 😉
      No, it’s no joke and it sure knows how to sneak up on you and thump you repeatedly over the head. Sigh.
      Hope this week is treating you kindly and gentle Fibro hugs Melinda. 🙂

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      1. I didn’t like the one in your GIF. I’m not sure which Dr.’s real name, but the one who was with Donna, when she got zapped up from her wedding. With the robot aliens.
        This week I’m pretty good. Thanks!

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      2. Peter Capaldi is the current doctor, that one was David Tennant – we’ll have to agree to disagree, he’s my fav doctor, well, maybe tied with Tom Baker lol 😉
        It’s a day to day thing, isn’t it? Some days are certain better than others. 🙂

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      3. Ok, well, yes, we will cheerfully agree to disagree! 😀
        Oh definitely. And it’s worse because people think you look fine, and are not always nice. I was so glad when I finally got a scooter, now at least I “Look” disabled when I ride it.

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      4. Yes, apparently if an illness or injury isn’t a 100% visible it doesn’t exist for some people, which is weird to say the least. Not always nice is an understatement, some people can be downright rude and mean.
        Take care and here’s some very gentle Fibro hugs. 🙂

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    1. Yes, it was fantastic, well, of course, it’s Sherlock, but it did make me long for Whodelights so I watched some David Tennant as The Doctor and I felt the calm. 😉
      Glad this could help and hope this week traveling through time and space is awesome. 😉

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    1. Thanks for sharing this, Jonathan. 🙂
      Yes, wouldn’t that be purr-fectly lovely if cats could actually file their own nails lol 😉
      Hope this week is treating you well. 🙂
      PS I see WordPress is having trouble with their ‘Likes’ again, sigh, some stay and some don’t. Hopefully they fix it, again, soon. 🙂

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  22. It’s GREAT to have you back…and asking the big questions. I like to think that blogging is not just a ‘vanity project’ for most (yes, for some it is, but they don’t have that many followers because they’re boring). For most of us, it’s to share and to BE within our words. Keep up your words, please! 🙂

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    1. Thank you kindly, it feels good to be back. 🙂
      I like to think we’re more than just vanity projects…when I read a post and it makes me laugh, or think, or cry (or all of the above), or when someone says I made them laugh, or think, or cry (or all of the above), then I remember, yes, it’s about the connection, the sharing, and yes, you’re right, to be within our words and to share them. Thank you and hope this week is treating you well. 🙂

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      1. Exactly! I’ve learned a lot while reading the blogs of others, and I definitely feel like I’ve made friends, even though I may never meet some of my blogging buddies ‘in person.’ And, vanity or not, I like being able to share my stories and get reactions – the way storytellers of old must have felt.

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      2. I think you’re right, humans are storytellers, long before electronics, we were sharing our stories one way or another, it’s who we are. 🙂
        And I’ve made some amazing friends here…if it’s vanity, then it’s a good kind. 😉

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    1. Ian, hello, it’s good to be back here too as well. 🙂
      As always, thank you kindly, not just for reblogging, but for inspiring me to keep going! 🙂
      Hope this week is being awesome to you, Ian, take care. 🙂
      Big hugs! 🙂

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    1. His death put a real crimp in our wedding plans, and he was so young (I was even younger), but maybe in some alternate universe… 😉
      Thank you, it’s good to be back. 🙂

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    1. Sorry I’m late, catching up…wow, thank you so much for the nomination!!! 🙂
      So glad you’ve added your voice to the blogosphere and glad we found each other in this giant virtual haystack!
      Thank you kindly for the award. Lessons I’ve learned, wow, so many, here’s my latest post https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/01/08/stand-by-me/ which has the links to all my blogging tips or advice posts – while many are tongue-in-cheek, there’s stuff I’ve learned, most of all, be yourself.
      Thanks again, I see I’m in wonderful company here. 🙂

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  23. Welcome back.
    Regarding #10 and fibromyalgia: I have friends who have it. As a result, I have some idea of the struggle to get through the day that fibromyalgia inflicts. We all met at the hot water therapy pool at Toronto Rehab where a physiotherapist leads us all through exercises we would not be able to do on dry land without severe pain. (That program is a blessing to us all, but now it seems they are about to close it as one of their cost-cutting measures.)
    I’m sorry you have to live with this disease. As someone struggling with chronic pain, I know how hard it is to try to live a normal life. Congrats on being able to continue this blog and write your book.

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    1. Thank you so much, Cynthia, it’s lovely to be back. 🙂
      Yes, the pain is hard to describe or imagine and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. It seems counter-intuitive, but exercise helps, in pools or otherwise, but the pain from doing it, aarggh. But one doctor said it well, you can have weak muscles that hurt or strong muscles that hurt.
      Thank you for being so understanding (it’s shocking the amount of people who aren’t) and so kind. 🙂
      Hope this week is being good to you. 🙂

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  24. Welcome back indeed! I am so sorry to learn that you have this chronic syndrome, Fibromyalgia.
    I don’t know how you keep your delightful sense of humor and tip my hat to you! Your posts make my day, you are so incredibly clever and filled with lovely wit! So glad I found you here today.

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    1. Sorry Hollie, your comment got kicked into spam – nothing you did, WordPress can be weird, at the best of times.
      Thank you so much for your kind words, I’m happy to hear I can make your day. 🙂
      Hope this weekend is treating you well so far. 🙂

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      1. that’s quite alright Dee, happens all the time here . So far so good, the day was good, however we are expecting some very strong storms to come through here in the early hours of tomorrow morning. Hoping they will skip on by us! Take care and have a great weekend as well!

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      2. Yes, soon after we woke up the snow started and it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop anytime soon – if it didn’t invite strong winds and bitter cold, it wouldn’t be so bad. Hope your storms aren’t too bad and there’s a silver lining. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, it’s good to be back. 🙂
      The book and I seem to be going in different directions right now, but I’m hoping we’ll meet up soon. 🙂
      Hope this weekend treats you kindly. 🙂

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  25. Ohhh welcome back! Truth be told, I didn’t notice much of anything because I was gone too. I just needed a little time to regroup and get back into the swing of things. I don’t even know if I’m fully back yet, I’m not feeling that creative lately. I guess we’ll see where the new year takes us! 🙂

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